Georgia law books are chock-full of statutes written to curtail undue influence on political activity and public policy.
So utilities and insurance companies canâ€™t give to a candidate seeking an office that regulates them. Legislators canâ€™t take political donations while in session. Politicians canâ€™t use campaign money for personal benefit. State workers canâ€™t accept gifts from vendors or lobbyists.
Except when they can.
Time and again, Georgia journalists and watchdog groups have found that money finds a way to flow around those laws: